DAYTON OH (March 11, 2011) – The Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra’s 2010-2011 Demirjian Classical Connections series will conclude with a program titled Daugherty: Electric Guitar Concerto on Friday, March 25, 2011, at 8 p.m. at the Schuster Center.   

Created by DPO Music Director Neal Gittleman, who serves as host and raconteur, the Classical Connections concerts provide a “behind the scenes” look at exciting works of the orchestral repertoire.  These innovative programs, which Neal began 23 years ago with the Milwaukee Symphony, have become a vital part of the Dayton Philharmonic’s annual concert schedule.

The March 25 concert asks the question, “what do rock’n roll, quilts and classical music have to do with each other?”   We’ll find out, as Neal takes us on a trip to Alabama and related audio landscapes to discover the secrets behind American composer Michael Daugherty’s Gee’s Bend, for electric guitar and orchestra.   

Featured as electric guitar soloist will be young American performer and composer D.J. Sparr, and the program will also include the world premiere of Sparr’s composition Superstring Serenade.

Concertgoers are invited to stay after the concert for a lively Q&A with Neal and D.J. Sparr in the Mead Theatre.

Tickets for the March 25 concert range from $9 – $39 and are available by calling (888) 228-3630 or by ordering on the web at

The Dayton Philharmonic’s 2010-2011 Classical Connections Series is sponsored by Dr. Charles and Patricia Demirjian.  The Classical Connections season partner is Orion Organics.   Michael Daugherty’s work with the DPO in preparation for this concert is made possible in part through Meet the Composer’s MetLife Creative Connections program.


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